How To Find The Right Dentist
It’s not always easy to find the right dentist. While some may boast of the wonderful dental practice they’ve been going to for years, others are still out there looking for ‘the one’ to help make their smile a little brighter.
Perhaps you had a great dentist, but they’ve recently retired – or maybe you’ve moved into a new neighbourhood so it’s time to find someone new? Whatever your reason, there are a combination of factors that should come into play when choosing a new dentist for yourself and your family.
1. Competency is Key
Above all else, your dentist needs to be competent at their job. To ensure you’re in capable hands, look for a dentist who is in good standing with the College of Dental Surgeons of B.C. As a member of the CDSBC, dentists must pledge to uphold the highest standards of ethics and patient care – there are also strict requirements for continuing education to ensure that dentists are up-to-date on the latest advances in the oral health care field.
2. The Convenience Factor
Chances are that if your dentist is located on the other side of town, you’ll be more likely to put off making those necessary appointments, ultimately putting your oral health and hygiene at jeopardy. Try to choose a dentist that is located close to your home or place of work. It is also convenient if the clinic you choose has evening and weekend appointments as an option.
3. What Will The Dentist Cost You?
Costs can vary from one practice to the next. Before giving the green light for any dental procedure, obtain estimates for common procedures such as root canal therapy, fillings and crowns. The majority of dentists bill using the standard fee guide provided by the College of Dental Surgeons in B.C. This fee guide is also what most major insurance companies use. Therefore, the costs should not vary unless the treatment plans are different. So it’s important to understand your treatment plan as that will have an impact on your dental costs.
4. Is it a Family Friendly Dental Practice?
Your child’s first visit to the dentist is an important one. To avoid a lifetime of dental anxiety, phobia and fear, try to choose a dental practice with a family friendly environment. Comfort is key – a dentist who goes above and beyond to make their visit a great one will leave a lasting impression on your child. It also helps if there are toys, books and television screens to keep them occupied and out of trouble.
5. Sedation Dentistry
If you are one of those millions of North Americans with a phobia of the dentist, you’ll want to find a dentist who specializes in treating patients who are fearful of dental procedures. Sedation dentistry is an excellent option for those that have anxiety.
6. How are Emergencies Handled?
Most dental practices offer emergency dental services, but that’s not always the case. Find out how emergencies are handled – both during regular hours and off hours. Is there an answering service, cell phone number or pager you can call?
7. Trust Your Gut
First impressions are everything – this is also true when scoping out a possible new dental practice. Is the clinic clean and orderly? Does the receptionist make you feel welcome? How is the ambience, lighting and music? Does the dentist make you feel at ease? These are all questions you should ask yourself at your first visit.
When you do decide on a new dentist, make sure it’s a decision that fits you and your family’s needs. Your dentist should make you feel at ease and should be someone you can trust with your oral health.
About Dr. Chohan
Dr. Sundeep Chohan is a dentist in Surrey, BC at her own practice, Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry. She earned her Doctorate in Dental Medicine from the University of British Columbia in 2010. She specializes in family dentistry, restorative dentistry and cosmetic dentistry. Dr. Chohan is unique in also offering Botox® Cosmetic at Healthy Smiles Family Dentistry. Dr. Chohan was born and raised in Surrey.<< Previous post Next post >>